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Bowers and Wilkins sells to a tiny home automation startup

The well-established British audio company is selling to a startup that hasn't released a product.<p>Bowers & Wilkins has been cranking out solid audio gear for the better part of three decades, but it's being acquired by a company that's only been around since 2014. Eva Automation, a Silicon Valley …

India rejects Apple's plan to import refurbished iPhones

Rivals claim it would undercut the country's local manufacturing incentives.<p>As iPhone sales start to decline for the first time in 13 years, the company has been looking to emerging markets to make up the slack with first-time buyers. But Cupertino's plan to boost marketshare in India by importing …

Amazon snags 'Downton Abbey' creator's next show for Prime Video

'Doctor Thorne' will premiere in the US on May 20.<p>Amazon is hoping for another streaming hit with <i>Julian Fellowes Presents Doctor Thorne,</i> the next show from the creator of <i>Downton Abbey</i>. Amazon has snapped up US distribution of the series from the Weinstein Company, and all three episodes of the show …

Periscope gets an editor-in-chief to spot its best live streams

Evan Hansen is leaving Medium to make it happen.<p>Periscope wants to not only help you share live streams, but find the best of them... and it's willing to try unusual strategies to make that happen. Medium editor Evan Hansen has joined Periscope to become its first editor-in-chief. As he explains to</i> …

Periscope

Sony's Google Cast speakers are ready to put music in any room

The company's high-res audio turntable is also available now.<p>Back at CES, Sony announced new multi-room audio gear with a soundbar and two speakers to put music all over your house. Now, a few months after their debut, those devices are ready to handle tunes. As a refresher, the HT-NT5 soundbar …

Sony

The best refrigerator

The best fridges for every budget and space.<p><i>By Liam McCabe</i><p><i>This post was done in partnership with The Sweethome, a buyer's guide to the best things for your home. Read the full article here.</i><p>We think the best refrigerator for you is most likely the Whirlpool WRF535SMBM—a reliable, affordable, French …

Domestic Technology

Richie Hawtin reveals new DJ mixer

The first mixer from his company, PLAYdifferently, offers extra channels and a sweepable EQ.<p>The DJ mixer controls and contours all sounds. The slightest twist of a knob or the slide of a fader can change the structure of one sound to make room for another. The instrument, which is at the core of …

DJs

YouTube is testing a cleaner Material design

The dated layout could soon change.<p>YouTube's basic design hasn't changed a lot over the years, but it could get a major cosmetic upgrade soon. Commenters on Reddit's YouTube forum discovered a new Material look that would bring it in line with the latest version of Chrome OS and Android …

YouTube

Engadget giveaway: Win a 'Star Wars' prize pack courtesy of ThinkGeek!

May the fourth be with you.<p>You may still be reeling from the recent sweep of date-related events (Pi day, Alien day, and 420) but the ride's not over yet. Tomorrow is May the 4th, which is observed by many as a <i>Star Wars</i> "holiday" and may garner a lot of attention this year on the coattails of the …

Messenger Bags

Scientists use nanoparticles to crush lingering fat cells

The treatment uses powerful drugs to beat obesity, while limiting side effects.<p>If you think losing weight is simply diet plus exercise, the equation is not so simple. A recent study of <i>Biggest Loser</i> participants showed that even if you manage to drop pounds, your body will fight you for years …

Health

Kodak is giving free film to Kickstarter directors

It's probably still cheaper to shoot digital, though.<p>Crowdfunded filmmakers will be able to shoot on film for a lot less money thanks to a partnership between Kodak and Kickstarter. Kodak says it will provide free 35mm or Super 16mm film stock for select projects, up to a total of around $20,000 …

Kodak

The latest 3Doodler 3D printing pen is smoother and easier

The Create promises simpler in-air drawing.<p>The team at WobbleWorks has been quick to iterate on the concept of a 3D printing pen in the past 3 years, and it's not stopping any time soon. The startup has unveiled the 3Doodler Create, a third-generation pen that irons out some of the remaining kinks. …

3D Printing

Google's self-driving tech goes into Chrysler minivans this year

The deal could be signed by the time you read this.<p>That rumored deal between Google and Fiat Chrysler for self-driving car technology? It's reportedly happening... if not quite in the way you'd expect. <i>Bloomberg</i> sources claim that the arrangement will put some of Google's autonomous tech into the …

Chrysler

TalkTalk to simplify broadband prices by including line rental

And you can bet all providers will be doing the same before long.<p>Line rental is one of the things you <i>have</i> to consider when taking out a broadband contract, since they almost always come hand in hand. But with these two separate monthly fees, one-off setup charges and introductory discounts, you …

Talk Talk

ICYMI: AI in a USB stick, electric bike wheel and more

Now any tech device with a USB port could recognize faces and language.<p>Today on In Case You Missed It: Chip maker Movidius created an advanced neural networks USB stick to put AI into anything tech; the GeoOrbital wheel will turn any dumb bike into a 20 miles per hour powerhouse; and Samsung has a …

Electric Bikes

AdBlock Plus wants to help you pay the sites you visit most

Give with one hand, take away with the other?<p>With hundreds of millions of internet users choosing to block ads, publishers are being forced to adopt new strategies to survive. Paywalls are one option, but they often put off readers who wish to visit a website just to read one article. As companies …

HP's new Pavilion PCs include a 15-inch hybrid laptop

The largest-ever x360 is the highlight of HP's new computer lineup.<p>Spring is well underway, and that can only mean one thing for HP: time to unveil a wave of new home PCs. The company has trotted out a host of new Pavilion PCs that pack both obligatory upgrades -- thinner, faster and new colors -- …

Intel Corporation

Uber makes it easier for Chinese tourists to hail a ride

The move is designed to combat Lyft and Didi's partnership.<p>To stay ahead in the ride-hailing race, Uber has teamed up with the Chinese payments service Alipay. A new partnership means passengers can now hail an Uber outside of China using the Alipay app, rather than Uber's own software. From the …

Asia

Google and AOL team up to stop tech talent leaving NYC

Tech:NYC will also lobby for a friendlier regulatory environment in the Big Apple.<p>New York City may be the Big Apple, but it plays second fiddle to Silicon Valley when it comes to technology. That's why a number of companies located there including (Engadget's parent company) AOL, Bloomberg and, …

New York City

Android app pirates plead guilty to copyright infringement

They're now scheduled to be sentenced on August 1st.<p>One of the biggest Android app pirates has pled guilty to one count of criminal copyright infringement and one count of conspiracy to commit copyright infringement. Mississippi's Aaron Blake Buckley has admitted his role in distributing over four …

Google

BMW has the first smart emergency system for motorcycles

It's effectively OnStar for two-wheelers.<p>While cars and trucks have long had smart emergency systems to send help in the event of a crash (think services like OnStar), motorcycles have had to go without -- a scary thought if you've ever worried about wiping out miles away from help. That's where …

BMW

Three Earth-sized planets exist in the Aquarius constellation

Astronomers will begin studying them further come May 4th.<p>It's the dawning of the age of Aquarius. Well, the discovery of three planets orbiting a cooler-than-the-Sun dwarf star located <i>in</i> the Aquarius constellation, according to NASA. A number of telescopes, including the TRAPPIST at the La Silla …

Solar System

New BMW i8 expected late next year

The i8 is expected to have more than 400 horsepower after a mid-cycle facelift.<p>Introduced in 2014, the BMW i8 is due for its first update. The new version is expected to hit the dealers in late 2017, and the hybrid powertrain will receive a host of improvements.<p><i>Autocar</i> reports the electric motor …

BMW

Amazon launches a Prime Now website

Happy shopping.<p>Amazon's Prime Now expedited delivery service finally has a standalone website. It was previously accessible only through a mobile app, but now Prime subscribers -- those who live in areas where the one- to two-hour delivery option is available, at least -- can access the service on …

Amazon

Equine CT scanner can peek inside standing, conscious horses

University of Pennsylvania's 'Equimagine' gives an inside look without the need for anesthesia.<p>Horses are majestic creatures, but one thing they are not is tiny. Well, not for long, anyway. That creates a problem for equine medicine. When an animal weighs just under an imperial ton and is six-foot …

Horses

Hacker who stole from banks ordered to pay $7 million

But he didn't get additional jail time.<p>A hacker whose creation stole bank account details from over a million computers across the globe has been ordered to pay $6.9 million. Nikita Kuzmin from Russia is one of the three architects of the Gozi virus, which infects computers through PDF files. …

NASA

One-handed typing is a reality on the stock Android keyboard

Maybe now you'll actually use it instead of SwiftKey or Word Flow.<p>Competition is good for everybody. Case in point: Google recently dropped a massive update for the stock Android keyboard that brings in a ton of new features that we've seen from the likes of the now-Microsoft-owned SwiftKey and the …

Android News

What's on your HDTV: 'Battleborn,' 'Marseille'

Also: 'The Good Wife' series finale, while 'Top Gun' and 'Independence Day' are back on Blu-ray.<p>This week Netflix premieres its first French original production with <i>Marseille</i>, starring Gérard Depardieu in a political drama. For gamers, the week's biggest release is Gearbox Software's <i>Battleborn</i>, aka …

The Good Wife

Why Nintendo chose 'Animal Crossing' over 'Mario' for mobile

It's trying to please both mainstream and hardcore gaming audiences.<p>Last week, Nintendo announced that it will bring popular titles like <i>Animal Crossing</i> and <i>Fire Emblem</i> to its new smartphone game lineup. While this was good news for fans of those franchises, it still raised some questions, like why …

Nintendo

SoundCloud Go music streaming expands to the UK, Ireland

The free trials are expiring, so will you pay for SoundCloud's music service?<p>We thought SoundCloud Go could use some polishing when it launched in the US just over a month ago, but it's already expanding to other countries. CTO and co-founder Eric Wahlforss tells <i>Reuters</i> that the subscription option …

SoundCloud